Product liability is a complex area of law, but the basic principle is straightforward: manufacturers, distributors, and retailers have a responsibility to put safe products into the stream of commerce. When they fail to do so, they can be held legally accountable for the harm those products cause. Whether it’s a malfunctioning appliance, a compromised vehicle component, or hazardous children’s toys, the consequences of defective products can be severe and life-altering. That’s why, recognizing your rights and the avenues available for recourse is crucial.

Craig Swapp & Associates, a renowned product liability law firm, is committed to providing the legal assistance and representation you need to take action with all the complexities of product liability claims.

Consumer Rights and Defective Products

Consumer rights in defective product cases empower individuals to hold parties accountable for negligence. These rights ensure that consumers are not left to bear the financial burden of injuries caused by defective products.

  1. Right to Safety – This right is the cornerstone of consumer protection law. You have a reasonable expectation that a product you buy will function as intended and won’t pose an unreasonable risk of harm. This encompasses protection not only from the product’s typical use but also from foreseeable misuse (for example, a child getting ahold of a dangerous substance). A defective product compromises this basic right to safety.
  2. Right to Information – Manufacturers can’t hide known dangers within their products. They have a legal obligation to disclose potential hazards, even if those hazards only arise under certain conditions. This information is often provided through warning labels, detailed instructions for use, or inserts within the packaging. When proper warnings and instructions are absent, it breaches this right and can be grounds for a product liability claim.
  3. Right to a Remedy – If a defective product causes you injury or damage, you have the right to pursue compensation. This compensation can cover the financial burdens resulting from the defective product, including medical expenses, lost wages, etc.

These rights are designed to empower you to seek justice and hold manufacturers accountable when they fail to prioritize safety. If you believe you’ve been injured due to a defective product, don’t hesitate to consult with an experienced product liability attorney to protect your rights.

What You Can Do When Injured Due to Defective Products

When a defective product causes an injury, taking timely legal action is critical to protect your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve. An experienced product liability attorney will be your greatest ally in this process.

  1. Investigating and Gathering Evidence – Proving a product’s liability case requires careful investigation. Experienced attorneys know how to analyze the product, examine the circumstances of the injury, and obtain any relevant documentation (e.g., design specifications, safety records, internal company memos). They might also consult with experts to understand the technical aspects of the product defect.
  2. Filing a Product Liability Claim – Your product liability attorney will handle the complex process of filing a product liability claim. This involves identifying all liable parties – potentially the manufacturer, designer, distributor, or retailer – and drafting the legal documents outlining your case and the damages sought.
  3. Negotiating a Settlement – Many product liability cases are settled out of court. Your attorney will skillfully negotiate with the manufacturer or their insurance company to reach a fair settlement that fully compensates you for your losses. They understand the tactics used by manufacturers to minimize payouts and will push back to secure the best outcome.
  4. Representing You in Court – If a settlement cannot be reached, your product liability attorney isn’t afraid to take your case to trial. They’ll prepare a strong presentation of your case, argue persuasively before a judge and jury, and work to win the compensation you deserve.

Product liability laws exist to protect consumers and hold manufacturers accountable. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, Craig Swapp & Associates understands the impact that a serious injury can have on your life, and we are here to help every step of the way.

Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. Let our product liability attorney fight for your rights.

Written By: Ryan Swapp     Legal Review By: Craig Swapp